TULSA WOMEN'S TENNIS EXTENDS HOME WIN STREAK TO 51 MATCHES WITH 6-1 WIN OVER KANSAS
March 8, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The 19th-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team captured a 6-1 victory over No. 33-ranked Kansas on Saturday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis on Saturday afternoon and increased their home winning streak to 51 matches. The Hurricane women improved to 11-2 on the season and increased its series advantage against the Jayhawks to 8-1. Kansas dropped to 8-3 on the season.
Tulsa senior Samantha Vickers improved her overall singles record to 19-7 in grand fashion with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over KU's Maria Jose Cardona at the No. 1 singles position to put the Hurricane ahead 2-0 in the match. Tulsa's Isaura Enrique, at the No. 2 slot, wasn't far behind in finishing her match by taking down Dylan Windom with identical 6-1 scores.
With a 3-0 lead, Tulsa freshman and reigning Conference USA Tennis Athlete of the Week Marcelina Cichon clinched the match with Tulsa's third singles win of the day for a 4-0 Hurricane lead. Cichon defeated Kansas' Claire Dreyer by scores of 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 5 position to improve her overall season record to 24-3.
Tulsa's lone loss of the day came at the No. 4 position as Kansas' Paulina Los handed Tulsa sophomore Renata Kuricova a 7-5, 6-3 loss. Kuricova, 20-6 on the year, was playing one slot up from her normal No. 5 singles position.
Following Kuricova's loss, two Tulsa freshmen were the final matches remaining on the court as Tulsa had already clinched the match and had a 4-1 lead.
Tulsa freshman Rongrong Leenabanchong won her first set 6-3 by winning the final three points after a 3-3 tie, and clinched the match with another 6-3 victory at the No. 6 singles slot to put the Hurricane ahead 5-1. Fellow freshman Yelena Nemchen lost the first set 6-3 and tied the match 1-1 as she turned the tide on Kansas' Maria Belen Luduena for a 6-3 win and forcing a match-breaker. Trailing 4-7, Nemchen tied the match-break at 8-8 and went on to garner an 11-9 victory and give Tulsa the 6-1 victory.
The teams split the first two doubles matches as Tulsa won the No. 3 slot with Cichon and Kuricova defeating the Kansas' duo of Dreyer and Barnill 8-5. The Jayhawks tied the doubles match point with an 8-5 victory at the No. 2 position as the team of Cordova/Luduena handed the Hurricane duo of Leenabanchong and Maria Sant'Anna an 8-5 loss.
The doubles point came down to the No. 1 slot as Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers battled back from a 6-4 deficit to tie the match at 6-6 and continued their consistent play to take an 8-6 victory, giving the Hurricane a 1-0 lead in the match.
Tulsa will face its toughest test yet this season when the Hurricane hosts the No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Sooners this Wednesday at 5:00 pm at the Case Tennis Center. Admission is free.
#19 TULSA 6, #33 KANSAS 1 SINGLES 1. Samantha Vickers (TLS) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 6-0, 6-0 2. Isaura Enrique (TLS) def. Dylan Windom (KU) 6-1, 6-1 3. Yelena Nemchen (TLS) Maria Belen Luduena (KU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9) 4. Paulina Los (KU) def. Renata Kuricova (TLS) 7-5, 6-3 5. Marcelina Cichon (TLS) def. Claire Dreyer (KU) 6-4, 6-0 6. Rongrong Leenabanchong (TLS) def. Morgan Barnhill (KU) 6-3, 6-3
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